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LETTERS OF INTENT: Area athletes sign letters of intent to play in college

ORANGE CITY, Iowa -- George-Little Rock senior Taylor Carstensen signed a letter of intent Feb. 26 to continue her academic and basketball careers at Northwestern College this fall.

Carstensen earned three letters while playing for the Mustangs.

A two-year starter, Carstensen averaged a team-high 11.3 points per game in leading G-LR to a 13-12 record. The Mustangs were eliminated in the Class 1A regional semifinal.

Carstensen also averaged 7.4 rebounds, 1.4 steals and one assist. She shot more than 70 percent from the free-throw line and earned all-conference honors as a junior.

Carstensen is a member of the honor roll and plans to major in Athletic Training at Northwestern.

She is the daughter of Todd and Lori Carstensen.

"Taylor is a great young lady and represents the type of person we want in our program," Northwestern College coach Chris Yaw said. "She is an athletic player who attacks the basket and rebounds well. Taylor is a relentless worker and will be a positive example of work ethic on our team."


Kelsey Ackerman

ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa -- Kelsey Ackerman, a senior middle and right-side hitter from Central Lyon High School, accepted an academic and athletic scholarship March 4 to attend Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa.

Ackerman is a standout four-sport athlete for the Lions. She has qualified twice for the IGHSAU Class 1A Girls Track and Field State Championships, was a key member of Central Lyon's IGHSAU Class 1A Girls Basketball State Tournament championship squad and a notable member of the Lions' volleyball program.

A three-year letterwinner in volleyball, Ackerman completed her prep career with 496 kills and 143 blocks. She earned All-Siouxland Conference honors in 2011 and 2012 and All-District recognition in 2012.

Ackerman, who sports a 4.0 grade-point average and is a member of the Central Lyon National Honor Society, is projected to be a right-side hitter at Morningside.

Amber Pater

EDGERTON -- Southwest Christian senior Amber Pater announced in February her intention to attend Northwestern College for academic and a volleyball purposes.

Pater, a 5-foot-10 outside hitter, was a Daily Globe All-Area first team selection in December. She posted 256 kills, 360 digs and served 33 aces.

"I chose Northwestern for a variety of reasons," Pater said. "One reason was that I really liked my college visit and the spirit of community I felt there. Another reason was that I knew it was a good Christian college. Finally, I was blessed with an opportunity to play volleyball there."

Although Pater is undecided about her field of study at Northwestern College, she said that special education, psychology and social work are among her choices.

Pater is excited to take her game to the next level.

"College volleyball is much different than high school volleyball, so I am planning on working extremely hard this spring and summer to start preparing," Pater said.